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1981: Keith Haring’s Wild Style

ONE AFTERNOON in late spring of 1981, I was taking a lunch break from my new job as exhibition coordinator for the now defunct Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. The IAUS, a think tank propelled into existence in 1967 by Peter Eisenman, was located on Fortieth Street just west of Fifth Avenue. Part of the IAUS mission—along with publishing October, Skyline, and Oppositions and hosting frequent panel discussions—was to mount exhibitions of architects and projects deemed sympathetic to the founder’s ideals and methodologies. I was recruited to oversee the logistics of these shows, whose parameters remained somewhat vague during my yearlong tenure. It wasn’t the curatorial job I’d been looking for, but it was the closest I’d gotten to being paid for doing what I wanted to do. Having moved to New York not quite two years earlier, I was still finding it difficult to get my bearings

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